5 Under-The-Radar Players Who Could Be Moved Prior to the MLB Trade Deadline
By Paul Shapiro
While names like Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard and Matthew Boyd have been constantly floated in trade rumors, there are players that we haven't heard much about who could still get moved by a seller before the MLB trade deadline.
With the July 31 deadline now less than a week away, here are five under-the-radar trade candidates.
1. Wade Davis, Colorado Rockies
Wade Davis might be in the first season of a three-year deal with the Rockies, but Colorado is in last place in the NL West, and a closer of Davis' caliber could return quite the haul. If the Rockies come across a big offer, the Colorado closer could be back in the playoff race with a new team come this October.
2. Alex Colome, Chicago White Sox
Speaking of closers, Alex Colome is seemingly flying under the radar as well. And with the White Sox sitting 10 games below .500, Colome could have a new uniform before the end of the week. Touting a 2.33 ERA, 21 saves (in 22 chances), and one year of arbitration left, Colome could quietly end up with one of the three NL East teams vying for a playoff spot.
3. Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals
Danny Duffy won a World Series with the Royals in 2015, and he has experience as both a starter and a reliever. He could fit seamlessly onto any playoff roster, as long as that team is willing to take on his contract (he's signed through 2021 at $15 million per year). With Kansas City in full sell mode, don't be surprised if Duffy gets moved in a deal along with another Royals' player, such as Ian Kennedy.
4. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates
Starling Marte is arguably one of the most underrated players in baseball, so imagine how much hype would surround the 30-year-old outfielder if he was traded to a contender. Marte would likely require a massive package in return, but the last-place Pirates would be wise to listen to offers.
5. Edwin Diaz, New York Mets
The New York Mets might have given up one of their top prospects in order to acquire Edwin Diaz this offseason, but the underachieving reliever could net the Mets a quality return. Lots of playoff teams could use the 25-year-old closer with electric stuff prior to the July 31 trade deadline, even though no one really seems to be talking about it.
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